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Tesco has unveiled its new discounter brand called Jack’s. Tired of watching Aldi and Lidl win all the bargain hunter customers, they plan to compete with the competition by offering a free smart shop app that allows customers to pay for items on the go. The allows shoppers to scan the barcode on the items or shelf-front and pay simply by tapping their phone on a self-service checkout terminal before leaving. Jack's is also marketed as selling mostly British products. more

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The holidays are a magical time of year for online retailers, representing 25% of annual ecommerce sales. But the peaks in web traffic that accompany Christmas time can overwhelm your infrastructure, leading to website or app crashes that lose you sales and damage your brand. Here are five essential tips to help make sure your website is prepared when Santa comes to town. more

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Why would anyone want to get up to turn on the computer when our phone is right next to us on the sofa? Mobile is going to dominate e-commerce sales this holiday season. 68% of all online sales throughout Black November and the Christmas shopping period are projected to be made with a phone. A global analysis by Walker Sands for Salesforce shows that holiday revenues will be ups 13% over the previous year, with AI product recommendations pushing 35% of all that revenue. more

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Galaxus has opened for business in Germany and has ambitious plans to tackle Europe’s largest market. The Swiss electronics retailer is planning to grow into a webshop that sells, well, everything. The medium-term goal is to become one of the top 5 e-commerce players in Germany. That’s no small order. more

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Let’s face it: Amazon is a juggernaut in e-commerce. Their market value reflects this, recently having broken the $1 trillion mark. Mr. Bezos and his company are absolutely smashing at disrupting commerce. What once started as a humble bookselling company has grown to sell almost everything (yes, even groceries!). The thing is, even a company of Amazon’s gargantuan size has weaknesses. It’s just a matter of finding ways of exploiting these weaknesses. more

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IFA had big news this year with the European Retail Alliance, or ERA. The alliance was put together by MediaMarktSaturn of Germany and the French e-commerce group Fnac Darty, who announced their partnership last May. At that time, it was made known that the alliance would immediately be open to other retailers. The European Retail Alliance is said to be the European answer to e-commerce giants such as Amazon and Alibaba. more